The results are in for the APDM Top 50 for 2016! This is a list of the Top 50 most influential people in the Australian pole community for 2016 as voted by you.
Our aim with this list is to create a platform which allows you to show your appreciation for members of the community who have influenced you in some way. Be it through opening/running a studio, putting on a pole competition, coaching you, creating wonderful and inspiring costumes, taking beautiful images, being an inspirational performer, or even being the friendly receptionist always ready to help. So many people are making amazing contributions to our local community!
For this reason you may not know all of our Top 50, but rest assured they are doing great things in their corner of the country, and have touched many people with their work. We are proud to give you this opportunity to show them how much people appreciate their tireless efforts.
While we were flooded with votes we also know that not everyone will agree with the results. With so many contributors in the Australian pole community it is impossible to pay tribute to them all! Many small business owners, studio owners, event organisers, photographers, performers and teachers will not feature in this years Top 50 although almost 500 people received votes.
A note about doubles partners
We received several votes for doubles teams, and also votes for the individual members of the teams. To keep it fair, the points from the doubles’ vote was split in two and allocated to each member of the team.
We will be revealing the Top 50 in parts, ten people at a time. Here is the first instalment.
50. Alex-andra Leigh
Alex is the very definition of a pocket rocket and is known for her super strong pole tricks and booty shaking. Alex is extremely active in the pole community and even more so since her involvement with the Rockit Foundation – a foundation raising money for mental health support, dedicated to her best friend and fellow pole dancer, Jacalyn Williams. She received a standing ovation for her heart wrenching show at Survivor last year that was created in memory of Jacalyn. Alex also competed in Miss Lyra with a twerk/lyra fusion routine and Miss Pole Dance Victoria as a ghoulish bride. In addition to competing, she also stage managed the Regional Pole Championships and became a permanent instructor at Blackbird.
49. Katy Eve
Katy Eve absolutely nailed 2018, in the pole community and just life in general. She took out Pole Theatre UK Classique Division and was awarded Overall Champion, as well as representing Australia for the third time in Pole Theatre World. She competed for the fifth year running in Miss Pole Dance Australia. She judged amateur, semi-pro and professional competitions, as well as running Risque Sexy Amateur Competition for its second year. Not only that, Katy also opened a second location for her studio The Brass Room, making it the largest studio in the ACT. There she hosted workshops for national and international instructors, and The Brass Room family between them won over 15 state and national titles. Outstanding!
48. Miss Sang
Miss Sang is a Canberra based Pole Dancer known for her unique dance style incorporating heels dance techniques into her pole routines. Aside from teaching lyrical classes at The Brass Room, Miss Sang also teaches workshops and judges competitions around Australia. 2018 saw Amy take a number of winning sashes including Floorplay, Pole Theatre Sydney – Pole Art division and Miss Pole ACT/TAS and Australian Pole Championships NSW/ACT. To top all of that off she also earned 1st Runner up at Miss Pole Dance Australia! Miss Sang has been told by her students that she has inspired them to try a heels class outside of pole dancing.
47. An Dre
An Dre is known for his sexy choreography and intricate floorwork. In 2018 he performed at Sultry Dance battle in the Philippines for the third year running, Encore, Mr Pole Dance and Halloween Heaven. On top of all this, An Dre also judged a number of competitions including Miss Pole Dance ACT/TAS. He always makes time to judge amateur competitions to give back to the pole community as he believes it’s so important for upcoming polers to have a platform to showcase their skills. When he’s not performing or judging, he can be found in the studio doing new choreography or training advanced tricks for the classes he teaches at studios all over Sydney.
Over the past year, GiGi has taken a step back from the comp scene to focus on what she loves most; helping her students through focused teaching, working with individuals to smash their goals and perfect their form and technique. Locally and interstate, Gigi has run a series of dance and fundamentals workshops where students have been able to learn her signature styles from fast paced Latin flavours to Urban fusion choreography.
“It means so much to me, and I am honoured to be recognised in the top 50 with such a powerful group of people. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my style of pole dancing with amazing students and dancers and am looking forward to the year ahead!”
45. Phoenix Jaed Hardy
Pole dancer, gymnast, personal trainer, massage therapist and X-pole Australia protégé are just some of the many skills Phoenix holds! Although she had a bit of a break from competing in 2018 to focus on her two young daughters, that didn’t stop her from teaching classes at G-force Pole and Fitness where she also coached a number of students for competitions. She also took on the massive role of running the first ever Pole Cruise USA, attended the East Coast Pole Cruise as a massage therapist and also performed in a burlesque hens night show called The Hen House. Phoenix is extremely passionate about her jobs and grateful that she can share that passion with others!
44. Katie O’Neill
Katie is an instructor at Studio Pole, as well as marketing manager for the studio. She also assisted with marketing for the Hardcore Pole Dance Championships, as well as competing where she was awarded the Audience Choice and came equal fourth. She placed second runner up at Pole Candy Amateur, was a finalist in both Sexy’s Back and NSWPC, placing fourth in the latter. In 2018 Katie became a qualified Personal Trainer, which has added to her arsenal of understanding the body. Having come from a ballet teaching background her focus is on students have strong fundamentals and ensuring they understand safety and control, as well as having fun of course!
43. Scarlett Rose
Scarlett Rose is owner of Sky High Pole and Fitness in SA, she’s also an instructor there and a professional competitor. 2018 was a busy year for Scarlett! Her studio doubled in size, which created a much bigger family for her to take care of. She hosted workshops for local and interstate instructors; ran her student showcase; and coached, choreographed or co-created routines for any of her pole family wanting to compete. She competed in SAPC pro division; attended every competition her Sky High family were in; sponsored local competitions, sponsored her instructors to upskill by completing instructor courses; as well as keeping herself up with industry safe practices in order to offer the safest and most supportive environment to her students that she could. Her pole family clearly adore her for all the effort she puts in for them!
42. Andre Corey
Adelaide poler Andre Corey is best known for his exotic pole style combining advanced tricks with exotic flow. He teaches regular classes around 10-15 hours per week and on top of that, often coaches students for internal comps and showcases. In 2018 Andre not only competed in Mr Pole Dance and Australian Pole Championships, but also had the very exciting opportunity to perform on the pole alongside Musician Grace Jones for her Melbourne and Adelaide shows.
41. Ally Cat
Ally Cat was one busy girl in 2018. Aside from co-creating four issues of Australian Pole Dancers Magazine, and working with three business partners to launch PoleSphere (a new online learning platform for the pole community), Ally also competed in Miss Pole Dance Victoria, judged and guest performed at AAPC, taught interstate workshops, and co-created the first APDM Studio Owners’ Symposium in Sydney. She collated stories and images for, designed the layout of, and wrote sections for the very first Aussie pole history book “A Brief History of Australian Pole Dance”. She is also a much loved pole instructor and taught weekly classes, privates and coaching for her students.